Monday, July 04, 2005

Creating a Panaromic Slide Show!

Using the Panoramic Effect!

Here’s an eye-catching novelty effect for your next PowerPoint presentation: the wide-screen or “letterbox” view. It seems that every time you turn around, you see another movie coming out on video in a wide-screen or “letterbox” edition, one that has those black bands running across the top and bottom of the screen. It’s easy to simulate this wide-screen effect in a PowerPoint presentation – all you have to do is change the height of the slides. Here’s how:

¨ Select Page Setup from the File menu.

¨ In the Page Setup dialog box, change the Height from the default 7.5” to 4 or 5 (play with it and see which one you like best).

¨ Click OK.

That’s all there is to it. You might want to scale down your text and graphic objects by about one third, so they’ll fit onto your slides better. And try to use pictures and clip art with a landscape, rather than a portrait orientation, because they’ll fit better. Otherwise, work with your wide-screen slides just as you would with regular ones. And expect your wide-screen presentation to turn heads whenever you show it.

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